The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

Extinct in the Wild: Guam Rail

Scientific Name: Gallirallus owstoni Historic Range and Habitat:   Most habitats on Guam, including forest, savanna, scrub, secondary grassland, fern thickets and agricultural areas, foraging along field edges and roadsides.  What … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Extinct in the Wild: Kihansi Spray Toad

Scientific Name: Nectophrynoides asperginis Historic Range and Habitat:   The Udzungwa Mountains of eastern Tanzania in a very small range that is in the spray zone of Kihansi Falls in the Kihansi Gorge. What Kihansi … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Extinct in the Wild: Polynesian Tree Snail

Scientific Name: Partula nodosa Historic Range and Habitat:   Valleys and forested slopes of volcanic islands of the South Pacific, particularly the Society Islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti. More than … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Extinct in the Wild: Père David’s Deer

Scientific Name: Elaphurus davidianus Historic Range: Native to China. Fossils have been discovered in regions east of Xi’an and south of Harbin. Père David’s deer evolved in the Pliocene period … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Extinct in the Wild: Hawaiian Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus hawaiiensis, also known as ‘Alalā (Cry like a child) Historic Range: The Hawaiian Crow is native to the Big Island and was most populous in upland forests, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Extinct in the Wild

During the month of June, I want to take readers on a journey of exploration into the topic of animals that have all but disappeared from the planet, but not … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Saving Red Wolves: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the AZA Red Wolf SSP (Written for The Ecotone Exchange)

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment